Karma Yoga (book)

Karma Yoga (book)

Karma Yoga
Karma Yoga Swami Vivekananda front cover
Karma Yoga of Swami Vivekananda front cover
Author Swami Vivekananda
Language English
Subject Philosophy
Publication date

Karma Yoga (The Yoga of action) is an English book of Swami Vivekananda, the book was published in February 1896 from New York.[1][2] Swami Vivekananda delivered a number of lectures in his rented rooms at 228 W 39th Street in New York City from December in 1895 and January, 1896. In 1895-1895, friends and supporters of Swami Vivekananda hired a professional stenographer Joseph Josiah Goodwin (who later became a follower of Vivekananda). Goodwin recorded some of the lectures of Vivekananda, and those lectures were published as the book Karma Yoga in 1896.[3]


  • Theme 1
  • Chapters 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The main topic of the book was Karma (work) and Karma Yoga. Swami Vivekananda discussed the concept of Karma in the Bhagavada Gita. Swami Vivekananda described Karma Yoga is a mental discipline that allows a person to carry out his/her duties as a service to the entire world, as a path to enlightenment.[4]


  • Karma in its Effect on Character
  • Each is great in his own place
  • The Secret of Work
  • What is Duty?
  • We help ourselves, not the world
  • Non-attachment is complete self-abnegation
  • Freedom
  • The Ideal of Karma-Yoga


  1. ^ "Udbodhan publication". Udbodhan, Kolkata. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Michelis, Elizabeth De (2005). A history of modern yoga : Patañjali and western esotericism (Repr. ed.). London [u.a.]: Continuum. p. 124.  
  3. ^ "Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda". Retrieved 21 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Karma Yoga by Swami Vivekananda". http://www.holybooks.com/. Retrieved 21 April 2012. 

External links

  • Karma Yoga full text in Archive.org